Teachers: Margaret Light, Carol Slaughter
I’ve been the 6th grade teacher at Pelham School since 2008. I’ve had a variety of teaching jobs since I was certified 30 years ago and got my first full time job teaching American history to 7th and 8th graders in Springfield. My favorite parts of spending time with 11 and 12 year olds at Pelham are their witty humor, deep curiosity about the world, and clever ideas about everything. Being the main teacher for our 6th grade students means we get to know each other well, and I do my best to help them develop the skills they’ll need to be independent and successful in middle school. I love our daily Read Aloud time and can’t stop talking about favorite books with students. We have a lot of material to cover in 6th grade in ELA, math, science and history, and my favorite lessons include hands on activities. One example is the Lego NXT robotics unit because not only do we play with Legos, the engineering and problem solving processes force students to think creatively and not give up, especially when things don’t go as expected.